I just found this incredible rendering of the Las Vegas Dunes Hotel from 1962 that shows the original concept by Chicago-based architect Milton M. Schwartz. Compare this with the actual as-built hotel that I showed in my January 30, 2011 blog. Notice that the rendering depicts the original 1955 hotel portion still standing, complete with the giant sultan on the roof. Also, there is no Dome of the Sea, which actually ended up being built where the Sultan had been located after they demolished the “old” hotel in 1963.
Called “The Diamond of the Dunes,” the new 22-story $8 million addition became the most ultra-modern hotel ever erected in the desert city.